A recent archaeological find in Israel appears to validate a reference in the Bible to a governor of Jerusalem who lived roughly 2,700 years ago, thus offering further evidence that the ancient city and, in fact, all of Israel are the the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, not the Muslim Palestinians.
The find is a 2,700-year-old seal made of clay, stamped and pre-fired, whose upper portion “depicts two figures facing each other,” while its lower portion “holds an inscription in ancient Hebrew script,” according to Arutz Sheva.
It’s the inscription in particular that holds the key to biblical history, according to Hebrew University professor Tallay Ornan and Tel Aviv University professor Benjamin Sass.
They reportedly said that “(t)he inscription denotes ‘lesar ha’air,’ or ‘belonging to the governor of the city.’”
This is relevant because “(t)he title ‘governor of the city’ is known from the Bible and from extra-Biblical documents, and refers to an official appointed by the king,” they said.
“Governors of Jerusalem are mentioned twice in the Bible: in 2 Kings, Joshua is the governor of the city in the days of Hezekiah, and in 2 Chronicles, Maaseiah is the governor of the city in the days of Josiah,” they added.
It therefore stands to reason this astounding seal was originally owned by either Joshua or Maaseiah.
“(T)he Bible mentions two governors of Jerusalem, and this finding reveals that such a position was actually held by someone in the city some 2700 years ago,” explained Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, an excavator and member of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The IAA and Western Wall Heritage Foundation unearthed the seal during a joint dig in the northwestern section of the Western Wall Plaza, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.
Weksler-Bdolah further noted that this find shows this portion of Jerusalem “was inhabited by highly ranked officials during the First Temple period.”
Listen to more of her analysis in the video below:
Quite ecstatic about this amazing find was the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, who rightly pointed out that not only is Jerusalem “one of the most ancient capitals of the world,” but it’s been “continually populated by the Jewish people” for thousands of years.
Here’s the kicker: According to a timeline of Jerusalem’s history published by USA Today earlier this year, it was not until 632 that “Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, died and was said to ascend to heaven from a rock in” Jerusalem.
Yet if you subtract 2700 years from the current year, 2018, you get 682 B.C., hundreds of years before Muhammad got anywhere even close to the ancient city.
What does that tell you? It ought to tell you everything.
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